I can remember Rot Front sweets from my childhood. My first impression of them was like ‘what do those strange words mean?’ Years later I learnt that it meant ‘red front’ in German, deriving from German communists who visited the chocolate factory in 1931. In general Rot Front is a famous chocolate and confectionery factory which is considered one of the oldest in Russia. It’s located in Zamoskvorechye District.
Rot Front factory was established as a small caramel manufacturer in 1826 by Lenov merchants. It’s interesting that the building was located in the same place it stands now, not far away from the church which was called ‘The Saviour on Bolvany’. Now both the church and the place have another names.
When I come there, I can smell the chocolates being made here. When the wind is strong, it even reaches the Paveletskaya metro station in the morning. The building itself is quite old, and is a bright example of old industrial architecture in Moscow. Its hidden gem is a brand Rot Front store where it’s possible to buy fresh chocolates, sweets and other confectionery. They’re definitely cheaper than in supermarkets here.
I like confectionery sticks and Eco Botanica series, especially the jelly sweets with green tea and lime extract. People who know this place, live or work nearby come here all the time to collect their sweets. But there are many shop assistants here, so nothing to worry about, sweets are waiting for everyone.